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Necessary Ill
     

Necessary Ill

by Deb Taber
 

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Jin brings death to set the world back into balance: a balance of population and resources, creation and destruction, choice and certainty—a balance more important to it than any individual life, including its own. Sandy, a young woman thrust violently out of her farm life into the dispassionate science of neuters like Jin, discovers her own needs for balance:

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Jin brings death to set the world back into balance: a balance of population and resources, creation and destruction, choice and certainty—a balance more important to it than any individual life, including its own. Sandy, a young woman thrust violently out of her farm life into the dispassionate science of neuters like Jin, discovers her own needs for balance: safety and adventure, art and science, self-protection and love. But human life is full of change, and as the world is thrown off balance for all, each must learn to see in new ways for the survival of friends and enemies alike.

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Library Journal
The world of men and women, gendered humans, is out of control. Overpopulation and wasted resources portend an environmental collapse. Jin and other nongendered humans, or neuters, take it upon themselves to spread viruses intended to cull the human race. When Sandy, a young woman who has lived with hardship and brutality, encounters Jin and its fellow neuters and joins them in their secret enclave deep in the Carlsbad Caverns, the scene is set for a new way of life for humankind, gendered and nongendered alike. VERDICT Taber's debut novel presents an all-too-credible dystopic future world and, in Jin, a complex character whose mind approaches the world and its priorities in a very different way. The characterization of truly genderless individuals—not androgynes or hermaphrodites—and the portrayal of an approach to the world that is both ruthless and compassionate make this an excellent candidate for book discussion groups and provide strong evidence for the availability of significant genre literature. Highly recommended.
Tor.com - Liz Bourke
Is it better to kill many in order that the species might survive? Is it right to permit the human race to drive itself to extinction, if by one's actions one can prevent it? Is it ever possible to act ethically in taking choices away from other people? Necessary Ill doesn't answer the questions it raises, or at least not all of them. But it asks them thoughtfully, and with an eye for character that makes for an enjoyable read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619760226
Publisher:
Aqueduct Press
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
347
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.65(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Deb Taber is a writer and editor specializing in speculative fiction. She sold her first short story, “How to Raise a Human,” to Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, then joined the staff of that same magazine as an editor and eventually became a senior editor of the small press’s book division. She now freelance edits and/or proofreads everything from self-published science fiction to thrillers for New York Times best-selling authors. Her fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, River: An Anthology, and a variety of other anthologies. She maintains a website at www.debtaber.com.

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